Meagan Rushe, PharmD
My name is Marc Summerfield. I serve as Senior Director of Pharmacy at University of Maryland Medical Center. The University of Maryland Medical Center is a 705-bed tertiary care teaching hospital in Baltimore, Md. As director, I am administratively responsible for the inpatient and outpatient pharmacy services. The pharmacy department provides a full-range of contemporary pharmacy services to the patients and employees of the Medical Center.
I am writing this letter of recommendation in support of Meagan Rushe's nomination as a Health Care Hero. Meagan currently serves as coordinator of orientation and training for the UMMC Pharmacy Department. In this capacity, Meagan oversees the training of all students (pharmacy technician and pharmacist), the orientation and training of all new pharmacy staff and staff development for existing staff. The department has affiliations with several local technician training programs at community colleges, plus affiliations with The University of Notre Dame School of Pharmacy and the University of Maryland Baltimore School of Pharmacy.
Meagan was hired as a clinical pharmacist at UMMC immediately after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy in 2007. Shortly thereafter, it became evident that Meagan was willing and able to assume additional responsibilities related to leading and managing the department and its programs and services and staff; thus, Meagan was promoted to the Shock Trauma Center's Pharmacy in October 2008. While Manager of the Shock Trauma Pharmacy, Meagan led the effort that produced the breakthrough MedEx® program. In September 2010, Meagan transferred to her current role.
Regarding the managerial/leadership elements related to MedEx®, Meagan assembled a multi-disciplinary team that met weekly to plan and implement the program. She worked collaboratively with nursing to make the project successful, knowing that teamwork and communication are instrumental to the success of projects of this nature. Meagan partnered with a UMMC nurse, who has a Ph.D., to design the survey to evaluate the program's impact and effectiveness.
In addition to having first-rate clinical, managerial, and technical skills, Meagan possesses the leadership abilities to be able to help envision innovation and then, work with a variety of practitioners and business people to bring it to life. Meagan is highly intelligent: she learns quickly, reasons quickly, assesses quickly and synthesizes quickly to make good decisions and/or develop appropriate approaches. Her thinking, although quick, is thoughtful and balanced. She is always seeking the best approach to fix a problem or improve a situation.
Additionally, from a personal perspective, Meagan is easy to get along with, easy to like and easy to work with. She establishes healthy, meaningful relationships effortlessly. She has a natural, fluid affect that makes her approachable, but one that should not be misinterpreted for a lack of determination or passion about her job or the success of her department. She has a palpable self-confidence -- she has a natural ability to exude self-confidence without a trace of arrogance. Additionally, Meagan possesses a desire to constantly improve her ability to serve at higher levels.
One of Meagan's other noteworthy characteristics is that she takes all of her responsibilities seriously -- personal and professional. She is conscientious and is meticulous in following through and completing the work at hand.
In summary, in addition to playing a major, if not the major, role in establishing the MedEx® program, Meagan possesses the personal and professional attributes to be selected as a health care hero and to represent the Daily Record, the Awards Program, and the University of Maryland Medical Center in an exemplary fashion.